KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will not sit idly while the crime of trafficking in persons continues to undermine efforts at enforcing human rights and respect for the rule of law, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
He said Malaysia stood committed with its peers in the fight against trafficking in persons and would continue to support initiatives that promote an end to this crime.
“The urgent call is now for governments to realise and admit that present tools and controls over global human trafficking, if any at all, are insufficient,” he said.
He said this when officiating at the ASEAN and Coordinated Mekong Ministerial Initiative against Trafficking (COMMIT) Workshop: Identifying Human Trafficking Victims and Relevant Types of Exploitation here today.
On the same note, he said every nations facing the human trafficking issue must acknowledge that identification and recognition of victims of trafficking was not easy.
“We need to think carefully about what is going wrong. Why are so few people being identified when we know that many millions of people are enslaved in all regions in the world,” he said.
He said it was paramount to be able to identify victims of trafficking just as it was important to have different response and assessment tools which could be useful in the various situations faced in the war against trafficking in persons.
Nevertheless, Nur Jazlan said Malaysia was proud to stand side by side with those nations that had recognised the urgent need to stop this perverse trend and move forward in building a legal, enforceable and effective framework to stop the global epidemic.
“Malaysia is therefore proud to be an active partner in the effort to explore more effective methods in enhancing existing enforcement protocols in the identification and recognition of victims of trafficking,” he added.
The two-day workshop which began today were attended by 75 participants from various government and enforcement agencies from ASEAN countries.